About my career as novelist, screenwriter, and composer.

A lovely interview with writer Elizabeth Heiter for ITW’s “The Big Thrill.”   Meet Your Heroes: Tess Gerritsen Interviewed by ELIZABETH HEITER Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite thriller writers — someone who’s been published for nearly thirty years, penning romantic suspense, medical thrillers, a popular crime series that prompted a TV series, as well […]

A conversation with Lisa Unger

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger is one of my favorite thriller writers.  Her new novel INK AND BONE will be out June 7 — and it’s fabulous.  We recently had a wide-ranging conversation about writing, life, guns, nightmares, and more.  Thought you’d all enjoy what two otherwise ordinary ladies talk about when the subject […]

“For Tess Gerritsen, success brings more artistic freedom”

A lovely article in the Portland Press Herald today: Gerritsen credits her parents for pushing her to be successful and well-rounded. When she was 7 years old Gerritsen told her father, a Chinese-American restaurant cook, that she wanted to be a writer. He told her to study hard and seek out a career that would […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE is a Thriller Award nominee!

International Thriller Writers has nominated my 2015 novel PLAYING WITH FIRE for a “best hardcover” award.  The awards ceremony will be held in New York on July 9.  Time to break out the formal gown!  

On writing, creativity, and staying in balance

A radio interview with Bill Knapik about everything to do with writing. https://youtu.be/QwhxxJH59-Q

Latest Review Roundup: PLAYING WITH FIRE

Los Angeles Times: “Playing With Fire” will make readers drop everything to immerse themselves in its propulsive dual narrative. As beloved as Rizzoli & Isles may be, they can go on sabbatical more often if that gives Gerritsen time to craft terrific thrillers like this.” Cape Times, South Africa: “A sensitive look into a very painful […]

15 minutes with author Tess Gerritsen

Radio interview recorded recently with KYMN radio, Minnesota.  Hear all about how I wrote PLAYING WITH FIRE, composed the music “Incendio,” and collaborated with concert violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou.    

Are e-books making us sloppy readers?

When I was young, one of the great pleasures of reading mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie was the challenge of spotting clues and finding the villain before the fictional detective did. It required careful reading, and taking the time to ponder the evidence. I fear readers today don’t have the same patience. […]

“Incendio” — theme music to PLAYING WITH FIRE now available

The full 7-minute recording of my composition “Incendio,” theme music to PLAYING WITH FIRE, is now available for download on: iTunes  and Amazon.com, Spotify, Google Play, Microsoft, iHeart Radio, Tidal, KKBox, and other sites. For non-US listeners, you can purchase the music at: UK: Amazon.co.uk Germany: Amazon.de France: Amazon.fr Italy: Amazon.it Japan: Amazon.jp Spain: Amazon.es Performed by […]

Suing Hollywood: why writers always lose

A screenwriter friend of mine, currently involved in a copyright infringement lawsuit against a studio, recently sent me this article written by Steven T. Lowe, a Los Angeles entertainment attorney.   It’s a pretty depressing piece.  Mr. Lowe explains why writers who’ve had their stories stolen by movie studios face impossible odds finding justice in […]

Publishers Weekly prints my War on Alzheimer’s piece

This appears in Publishers Weekly (August 7) It may be something small, but it’s enough to scare you: you misplace your car keys, or you can’t remember the name of the movie you saw last week. Or your mind suddenly goes blank as you try to retrieve a word that hovers maddeningly out of reach. And you […]

Publishers Weekly review of PLAYING WITH FIRE

Publishers Weekly has not always been kind to me.  So happy to see that they like PLAYING WITH FIRE: On a trip to Rome, violinist Julia Ansdell, the narrator of this haunting standalone from bestseller Gerritsen (The Bone Garden), buys an old music book titled Gypsy from an antique shop. Inside the book, on a loose sheet […]

Join me in the War against Alzheimer’s

I’m looking through my late father’s old photos this weekend, and I came across this one of him in Germany, where he served in the US Army during WWII.  He appears to be wearing an MP armband.  I don’t recall him ever telling me he worked as an MP.  There are so many things he […]

PLAYING WITH FIRE: Kirkus gives it a starred review!

It’s always scary sending out a new book for review.  You never know if critics will praise it or blast it.  The first review for my upcoming novel PLAYING WITH FIRE has just come in, and it’s a lovely one:   KIRKUS PLAYING WITH FIRE [STARRED REVIEW!] Author: Tess Gerritsen Review Issue Date: September 1, 2015 Online […]

Gravity Lawsuit: Why I am giving up

(For background on my lawsuit, please read my January 31st blogpost.) Despite my legal team’s best efforts to demonstrate unity of interest between Warner Bros. and its subsidiary New Line, the court has ruled twice that Warner Bros. need not honor and is not responsible for New Line’s contractual obligations to me. The court also […]

Gravity lawsuit update

(For background on my Gravity lawsuit, read my January 31 blogpost) For a second time, the court has concluded I have not stated a viable claim for breach of contract against Warner Bros. or New Line. My 1999 contract with New Line Productions guaranteed me “based upon” credit, a production bonus, and back-end profits if […]

DIE AGAIN nominated for best novel of 2014

DIE AGAIN is a STRAND MAGAZINE Critics’ Award nominee for best novel of 2014.   From their press release: The Strand has announced its nominees for the 2014 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. Recognizing excellence in the field of mystery fiction, the Critics Awards were judged by a select group of book critics and journalists from […]

Advance peek at the cover for my new book PLAYING WITH FIRE

I’m always a little anxious when I get an email from my editor with  “proposed cover” in the subject line.  Will I love it?  Hate it?  Will I have to convince them to go back to the drawing board?                     Last week, when I opened the […]

16 years ago: GRAVITY announced on Variety’s front page

Looking through my old files, I came across this headline 1999 article on the front page of VARIETY.  I remember my excitement at the time, the enthusiasm of everyone involved, and all the assurances that GRAVITY was going to be a huge movie. Now, 16 years later, I think back to the advice I once […]

What does it take to write a story set in space?

Those of us who make our living as writers know the basics of storytelling: plot, character, conflict, build-up, crisis, resolution. With those tools in our kit, we can tackle any project. So telling a story that just happens to be set in space should be a piece of cake. Just move your usual characters onto […]